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Legal news from Tuesday, May 24, 2011
by Zach Zagger

The Egyptian prosecutor general said Tuesday that former president Hosni Mubarak will be put on trial and could face the death penalty for conspiring to kill protesters during demonstrations in Egypt early this year and for other corruption charges. However, many are still skeptical that Mubarak will actually make it …

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by Zach Zagger

The European Commission on Tuesday announced proposed reforms to modernize the EU's intellectual property rights laws and create more centralized regulation. The EC, the EU's executive arm, said that reforms are necessary to better protect against Internet piracy and to protect consumers from fake products. The EC said that counterfeiters are going beyond copying luxury …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Moscow City Court on Tuesday upheld the second fraud convictions of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev but reduced their eight-year sentences to seven years. The two men, already serving a …

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by Zach Zagger

A class action settlement for $410 million between Bank of America (BOA) and customers claiming they were illegally charged overdraft fees was preliminarily approved on Monday in federal court. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida approved the settlement plan in which the plaintiffs' attorneys, the Alters …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two Somali men pleaded guilty Monday to charges of piracy for their role in hijacking a yacht, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The guilty pleas by Jilani Abdiali and Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf join those entered Friday by Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali, Mohamud Salad Ali and Ali Abdi Mohamed in the US District …

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by Zach Zagger

Microsoft on Tuesday appealed a fine imposed by EU regulators for failing to fully comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling. Microsoft is seeking to reduce or eliminate its fine of 899 million euros (USD $1.3 billion) in the General Court, the EU's second highest court. The company argues that the fines …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday ordered parties to file briefs discussing whether the challenge to the health care reform law is barred by a federal law that prevents injunctions against taxes before the tax is imposed. The lawsuits in this consolidated appeal challenge the constitutionality …

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by Michael Haggerson

[ The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) used a new procedure Monday to begin hearing evidence against alleged genocide financier Felicien Kabuga who has yet to be arrested. The special deposition hearing allows for evidence to be heard before the court and preserved in the accused's absence pursuant to the new …

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